Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Madison Rathbone would rather not attend Christmas dinner with her family. So when a friend gets sick and offers a trip to a Pacific Northwest island, she jumps at the opportunity to do something different. It turns out that eight other strangers were invited to the island, and it turns out the island is known by locals as Deadman’s Island. Following the pattern of Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians” or as it was known in film and stage here in the US as “And Then There Were None”, the guests start meeting their ends before all the guests have even assembled.
Carson sets the scene beautifully. The spookiness of the situation and the personalities of the guests are interesting and intriguing. It is a novella length and therefore is a quick read. But even taking that into account it felt rushed in the resolution. There were certain elements that were left hanging and a few editing issues. Overall it was a fun read and quite a departure from most Christmas themed books.